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Federica Pontini asked

To whom it may concern, I am Federica Pontini, student of the University of Florence and actually I study the fragments of Manetti Chapel for the thesis. Would you be so kind as to write me some materials of study about it, like bibliography and the image in digital format. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Yours sincerely, Fedeica Pontini

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

Hi Federica, for digital images I have to refer you to As for the bibliography: the object was mentioned here: S. Weppelmann, Spinello Aretino und die Toskanische Malerei des 14. Jahrunderts, Firenze 2003, pp. 207-208, cat. nr. 42, afb. 42c, en p. 215. And here's a selection from our library: All the best, Rianne


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A Handmaiden from Elizabeth´s Retinue

Spinello Aretino (in 1387 - 1390)

This is one of several surviving fragments of a mural from a Florentine chapel of John the Baptist, the prophet who baptised Jesus and recognised him as the Son of God. An 18th-century reproduction tells us this woman was one of the onlookers at the Visitation - the meeting between the pregnant mothers of Christ and the Baptist.


Title A Handmaiden from Elizabeth´s Retinue
Material and technique Fresco
Object type Fresco
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (general) Width : 49 cm
Height : Error: 64,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Makers Painter: Spinello Aretino
Accession number 2538 (OK)
Credits Verworven met de verzameling van / Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Age maker Between 41 and 44 years old
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Object Fresco > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Italy > Southern Europe > Europe
Place of manufacture Florence > Tuscany > Italy > Southern Europe > Europe

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Spinello Aretino

Arezzo circa 1346 - Arezzo 1410